You might think visual artists have it easy — hanging out with models and making pretty pictures — but after a long day of churning out portraits (at the Factory, perhaps) or patiently mixing colors, every serious artist needs to cut loose and let his silly side shine. After all, writers can’t have all the fun, can they? In fact, from what we can tell, artists come up with some of the strangest and funniest ways to play, and we’ve collected a few snaps of their most ridiculous escapades, both candid and posed, here. Click through to check out our gallery of very silly photos of very serious (or at least seriously acclaimed) visual artists, and when you’re through, you just might consider putting aside your work for the afternoon and going out to play. … Read More
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
It is our contention that the hipster has been around forever, and will be around forever. Scary, we know. But whether or not our prediction holds true, the special combination of cool and youth has always inspired culture, even the oil paintings of masters like Renoir, Schiele, Magritte and Picasso. Don’t believe us? We scoured the repertoires of our favorite artists — impressionist, expressionist, surrealist and otherwise — to find their paintings of what might now be called hipsters. Now, we’re not exactly claiming that these artists knew they were painting 21st century hipsters (although who is Schiele kidding), but future generations get to interpret art as they see fit. Click through for our list of accidental paintings of hipsters by famous master artists. … Read More
The Depression-era song “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” which Louis Armstrong made famous in the ’50s, finishes with the lyrics: “Oh give me your lips for just a moment/ And my imagination will make that moment live/ Oh give me what you alone can give/ A kiss to build a dream on.” Over the course of art history, painters, sculptors, poets, and photographers have — as the song suggests — used their vivid imaginations to bring the kiss to life as a symbol of fresh love, renewed love, and even black-and-blue love.
With Valentine’s Day in mind, we’ve selected the 10 best art kisses — ranging from erotic embraces in paintings by Gérôme and Klimt and sensual smooches in sculptures by Rodin and Brancusi to lustful lip-locking in works on paper by Picasso and Man Ray — so that you, too, can share the love. If we missed one of your favorite make-out moments in art, tell us about it in the comments. … Read More